The 2016 Malaysian hit film, The Kid From The Big Apple, is still making waves in the industry. Although it has been over a year now, Jess Teong’s directorial debut has, once again, brought pride to the nation by nabbing the PIFFA Supreme Best Screenplay Award at the recent PROFIMA International Film Festival 2017.
Along with Jess Teong, Mehran Kashani from Iran, Jack Neo, Ivan Ho and Link Sng from Singapore, Teong Hin Saw from Malaysia and Sang Man Kim from South Korea were nominated for the Best Screenplay category.
While Jess’ film is an international phenomenon, the director is still humble and stayed to her roots. In her winning speech, she expressed that,
“Each time I win an award, the first thing I would say is that this movie is from Malaysia.”
At the same event, one of the main casts of her movie, Hong Kong’s veteran star Ti Lung was awarded the PIFFA Supreme Lifetime Achievement Award; the highest and most prestigious recognition.
With almost 50 years of acting experiences, Ti Lung is known for his many feature roles such as The Sentimental Swordsman, The Duel and A Better Tomorrow. When asked about his experience working with Malaysian film industry and director, Jess Teong, Ti Lung gushed,
” Malaysia is filled with many talents as well as competent crew members. With so many cultures and languages, this country is on its way to becoming the next Hollywood!”
The Kid From The Big Apple was a huge success as it gathered over RM6 million in ticket, won the Best Child Actor and Special Jury at the 28th Malaysian film festival as well as Best Actor, Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 Macau International Movie Festival.
The much-anticipated sequel, The Kid From The Big Apple 2: Before We Forget is scheduled to hit cinemas nationwide on November 16, followed by other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The story continues with Sarah Tan, who was also nominated for PIFFA Supreme Best Newcomer, exploring more sentimental scenes and cultivating her own personal emotions alongside Ti Lung. Shaun Tam, Ti Lung’s son will also be joining the cast-line up with Jason Tan and Debbie Goh.